Sarah Bryan

Costume Shop Manager


  • TH225 Costume Construction I (Fall 2017)
  • TH325 Costume Construction II (Fall 2017)
  • Costume Designer: 4,000 Miles


About Sarah Bryan

Sarah Bryan, a native of Arkansas, is the Costume Shop Manager for the Theatre and Dance Department of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She received her MFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Virginia and her BA in Film Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Besides the day-to-day running of the costume shop, supervising lab students and shop assistants, and building the costumes necessary for productions, Miss Bryan teaches Costume History. Her interest in social history brought her to the field of theatrical costuming, and this position at Cal Poly allows her an opportunity to share that passion and knowledge with students. Within her role in the Costume Construction course, Miss Bryan has implemented a service project benefiting a local Alzheimer’s & dementia residence. The students complete “activity” squares utilizing the sewing skills they learn in class, and these squares are later sewn into “fidget blankets” for the residents. The blankets allow the residents to keep their hands busy in a constructive manner.

Miss Bryan has designed a range of productions, including Fame: The Musical (Summer 2017), Chicago, In the Heights (Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary: Kingston, PA); Grey Gardens (Live Arts: Charlottesville, VA); Crazy for You, God’s Ear, Rhinoceros, Vinegar Tom (University of Virginia: Charlottesville, VA); Pillowman (UNC Wilmington: Wilmington, NC). Miss Bryan also has experience as a cutter/draper, first hand, stitcher, wardrobe supervisor, and assistant hair & makeup designer for other theatrical, dance and opera productions (Heritage Theatre Festival; Ashlawn Opera Festival: Charlottesville, VA).

She is an Early Career member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT). In Summer 2017 she will participate in a USITT Costume Commission study tour of England to further her education in Costume History.

In her free time, Miss Bryan enjoys watching films, attending live performances, reading, knitting, cross-stitching, traveling, everything British, photography, drinking tea, day-tripping up and down the California coast, researching new topics, and fostering her relationships with family and friends across the country.

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